Newsletter - Mysteries on the Screen

Thursday Jun 07 2012
by Whodunit

Imagine our surprise when one of our most read articles was a list of TV series based on beloved mystery novels that are available on Netflix. We’ll refresh below, and we can also get excited for the recently announced adaptations of Charlaine Harris’ ‘Harper Connelly’ series (superior to the ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ series, in my opinion) and Louise Penny’s ‘Inspector Gamache’ series. Plus, there’s the American version of the new ‘Sherlock called ‘Elementary’ coming up this fall.

This summer’s Masterpiece Mystery season on PBS is a mixture of new and second showings.  There is a new series called Endeavour, which is a prequel to the long running Inspector Morse series. This is the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Morse TV series, which ran for 13 years and 33 episodes.  Colin Dexter is not writing this new series but will be acting as a consultant.  Endeavour  begins when young Constable Morse arrives in Oxford.  Continuing on the Morse theme there are four new episodes of Inspector Lewis, following the career of Morse’s sidekick Lewis, which will be shown in September.

Masterpiece Mystery would not be the same without some Agatha Christie and there are new episodes of both Hercule Poirot , Three Act Tragedy, The Clocks and Hallowe’en Party  and Miss Marple, The Pale Horse.

The two series being repeated were both shown for the first time last year.  Case Histories based on Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brody series and Zen based on Michael Dibdin’s books.  All in all looks like a good summer to gear up the PVR.

NETFLIX
Gladys Mitchell – The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries
Jeff Lindsay – Dexter
Henning Mankell – Wallender
Agatha Christie – Miss Marple
Stuart Kaminsky - Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Neil Cross – Luther
Michael Dobbs – The House of Cards
Robert B. Parker – Stone Cold (Jess Stone)
Jessica Flethcer - Murder She Wrote
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock
Kathy Reichs – Bones

BBC iPlayer
Reginald Hill – Dalziel & Pascoe
John Buchan – The 39 Steps
Paul Abbott – State of Play
Elizabeth George – The Inspector Lynley Mysteries



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